I watch all trading deadline deals like I’m watching Hereditary.  Hands firmly pressed over my eyes, occasionally I’ll peek out.  See a Jon Heyman tweet coming and prepare to scream.  Then a long exhale.  “Ah, thank God, it’s not a player I own nor does it affect any of my other guys.”  Then, out of nowhere, Brian Dozier gets traded to the Dodgers and my head goes into a tailspin like it’s a WHOMP on the old Batman TV show.  “But what about Max Muncy?  Can Chris Taylor still play?  What about Kiké?!  Please tell me Kiké’s still in PLAY!”   Then I take 150 milligrams of Percocet and go to the park to watch pre-teens and all of their innocence.  In my head, I scream to them, “You’ll never know my pain!”  And smile lopsidedly until another adult asks me to leave.   So, the Dodgers are now fielding the NL All-Star team from now until October.  Dozier will likely slot into the two or three hole and I still like him for a huge 2nd half.  Max Muncy and Chris Taylor are not likely going to be as fortunate, as I have no idea where the Dodgers can play all of these guys.  If you’ve been burned by the trade deadline, I will smile lopsidedly and creep out someone for you.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

John Axford – Traded to the Dodgers.  Hopefully, he’s all the Dodgers can *pinkie to mouth* Axford.

Walker Buehler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.65 vs. Wade Miley 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.53.  Dodgers and Brewers trade for so many hitters they have All-Stars moved to the bench, then Vin Scully flies a Cessna over Dodger Stadium with a banner that reads, “Good pitching beats good hitting every time.”

Jonathan Schoop – Traded to the Brewers.  You know the guy who goes to the check cashing place with his temp job paycheck?  He takes all $176.90 of his fat loot (after check cashing fees) and buys himself some dope-ass sneakers.  Got no money, got no real job, got no girl — you’re pretty much a Young MC lyric — but you have sneakers.  A few years later, you know what you have?  Still some sneakers.  That’s the Brewers.  They don’t have any pitching, but they are collecting themselves some fly gear!  If you could hit 30 homers and .230, you too can play for the Brewers!  Doesn’t matter if you play 2nd or 3rd or 1st or a corner outfielder spot!  Nope!  The Brewers will be playing six 1st basemen this coming Friday and have Travis Shaw pitching!  Obviously Schoop’s a decent offensive bet in Miller, but I honestly have no idea where they’re playing all of these guys.  Are they seriously benching Shaw?  Aguilar?  Thames?  Braun almost assuredly seems on the outside looking in.  Schoop supposedly is going to play shortstop; I wonder if they’ve told him that yet.

Logan Forsythe – Went the other way in the Dozier trade.  This is gonna sound super stupid — stuper? — but I think this is a solid landing place for Forsythe.  Only him and I could’ve guessed that.  Him because of the psychic ability of his surname.  Me because Fantasy Master Lothario.  Twins have room to let Forsythe play and he could sneak into the leadoff slot; everyone knows Mauer doesn’t belong there.  Will Forsythe become a 12-team mixed league bat?  No, obviously, you don’t have Forsythe.  For an AL-Only league though, cheap chef’s kiss.

Leonys Martin – Traded to the Indians.  Would’ve loved to see the Indians trade for Bryce Harper for completely selfish reasons, so Harper would slot behind Jo-Ram, Brantley and Lindor and help the team where I own Harper get some RBIs.  “I need some McRibbies!”  That’s me acting a fool at a McDonald’s drive thru.  Leonys actually takes a hit in fantasy value moving to the Indians, since he will now platoon and hit at the bottom of the lineup.  Bottom of the Indians’ lineup > top of Tigers’ lineup?  Interesting greater than pregunta, but it’s prolly a push vs. greater than, and Push < greater than, but Pusha T > All other rappers.  I should be a SATs prep instructor.  Teaching comes so natural.  Willi Castro went the other way, can see where he slots in on the top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-3, 1 run.  I have no data to back this up, but I believe that was Miguel Sano’s first hit above High-A this year.

Chris Archer – Traded to the PiratesPirates finally go all-in for a playoff run and everywhere I see the Rays being touted as trading deadline winners.  If only the Rays could fill their stands with all their stans.  Does every sport have a team like the Rays?  Constantly touted as so innovative and forward-thinking and brilliant while being a barely .500 team every year.  I’m so done with the narrative of the Rays being a brilliantly run organization.  Win some games.  I don’t care about payrolls either.  Make shizz happen!  Admittedly, I’m fired up from the trading deadline.  Archer going to Pittsburgh can’t be a bad thing unless the Pirates use their pitching methods they used on Gerrit Cole when they told him to stop going for strikeouts.  In reality, there’s only about fourteen starts left of the season; Archer’s Ks are way down and his velocity is off.  He has been unlucky and in such a small sample size of two months, he could easily be a 10 K/9, 2.50 ERA guy the rest of the way.  I like that bet more with him in the NL Central.  Who gets bumped from the Pirates rotation for him?  My guess is Kingham to the curb.

Francisco Cervelli – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I don’t want to overstate my ineptitude, but I grabbed Cervelli prior to yesterday’s game and I think it might be my first catcher homer all year.  Lowercase yay.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 19th homer.  Pretty weird season for Polanco, downright J-Uptonian, as he’s vanished for months at a time.

Brandon Kintzler – Traded to the CubsNats were selling at the deadline to make it seem to their fans like they were not selling.  It’s the Rorschach Trading Deadline strategy.  Fans can see whatever they want.

Javier Baez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .300.  Top 20 next year?  15?  I’m about to anoint snitches up in here like the Pope!

Kevin Gausman – Traded to the Braves.  Look at the Braves just making smart moves.  I wanna pinch your Braves cheeks, you’re so cute!  You know I loved Gausman coming into this year, and I loved him because of his 2nd half last year when he was a top 15 starter.  Not sure if he has it in him again, but, if it’s gonna happen, the NL East is where.  Also, this likely makes Kolby Allard’s start (5 IP, 4 ER) a spot start.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  About to start calling him Tilde Acuña Hr.  Taking it for a spin, is all.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Sparkakis!

Ender Inciarte – 4-for-5, 1 run.  This is who you want to bench for Adam Duvall?  So ignorant.

Khris Davis – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer.  A’s were relatively quiet during the trading deadline, because Mickey Mantle and Cy Young weren’t available, and anyone else would be a downgrade with how they’re playing.

Tommy Pham – Traded to the Rays.  Love this trade from a fantasy baseball perspective.  Not because I think Pham can lead the Rays to any sort of promised land — Phamised Land?  No, that sounds like exactly what you don’t want.  — I don’t even particularly love Pham.  I barely like him.  I think he’s a solid 20/17/.265 guy.  Basically, Kevin Kiermaier plus 25 months.  And months in Spanish is meses, which I pronounce like Macy’s and Macy’s is essentially replaced by Amazon and the last letters in Pham and first letters in Amazon are the same so Phamazon Prime for a huge 2nd half.  Or not.  Either way, Pham isn’t hurt by this trade.  If anything, he gets a boost, due to guaranteed playing time and a favorable spot in the Rays’ lineup.  What I actually love about this move is it opens up the Cardinals’ outfield.  Ozuna and Dexter Fowler will see at-bats no matter how well we can form the tears on our cheeks into synonyms for the word ‘sad,’ but now we have a new Cards’ outfielder slot to play with and don’t end sentences with with — dah!  Tyler O’Neill was called up and snatched up with the quickness in all my leagues.  Why?  Prolly because he has 26 homers and a .311 average in only 61 games in Triple-A.  El oh holy crap.  Yo, who are, BAAArry Bonds?  Harrison Bader will also see playing time in the newly aligned Cardinals’ outfield, and, prior to O’Neill becoming BAAAbe Ruth, Bader was a top prospect with 25/12/.270 potential.  I’d grab both to see how this shakes out.  As of now, the Cards are saying O’Neill/Bader will be a 50/50 time share.  Don’t worry, Jo-Ma is still not playing.

Austin Meadows – Went the other way in the Archer trade.  The Rays immediately sent Meadows to the minors.  I believe they did it in a DeLorean as they try to take time off his arbitration clock.  Everyone talks about how great the Rays are, and they are always playing for next year.  The 17-year rebuild is going swimmingly.

Tyler Glasnow – Another piece in the Archer trade.  Good thing the Rays got back an arm, because they’re one injury away from Ji-Man Choi:  Major League Starter.  Glasnow is a bigger work in progress than the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.  His Ks could be 10+, but he needs to get his BB/9 below 5, which has not been the case so far.  If he gets to start, I could see using the Stream-o-Nator for him, but he’s at best a sleeper for next year.

Jake Bauers – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He should just be owned, but I’m not going to press people on that right now.  Instead, I’ll opt for the hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Skaggs – 3 1/3 IP, 10 ER, ERA at 3.34.  The Regression Fairies had an uncle in the Rainbow Coalition, they think there’s enough material for five more Mamma Mia movies and they will destroy your ratios.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 4th homer since the break.  I knew I should’ve put Calhoun in the top 5 on my top 100 for the 2nd half.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 30th homer.  Not quite as good as Jose Ramirez, but not bad, sluggo.

Dereck Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.59.  Just went over Smudge Rodriguez last time he pitched.  Click his name and get magically transported to past mentions of him.  It’s like the greatest magic trick in the world and it earns me .000000067 of a penny.

George Springer – Left with a sore shoulder.  Somehow, the Astros still won’t work Kyle Tucker into the lineup.  By the by, Houston’s lineup without Correa, Altuve and Springer looks kinda like Asstros.  Though, Reddick (3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer) did come through last night.  Ew.

Cameron Maybin – Traded to the Mariners.  Hey, it worked for the Astros last year and FREE TACOS FOR ALL *insert Oprah giving out free cars GIF*

Chris Sale – Hit the DL with shoulder inflammation.  After striking out ten hitters in six scoreless in his last start?  With the Red Sox coasting to the playoffs?  Excuse me if I’m skeptical.  That’s pretendonitis until I see an MRI (after 11 years of med school).

Wilson Ramos – Traded to the Phils.  “So, like I was saying Jorge Alfaro has been surprisingly valuable for my NL-Only team.”  That’s Two Days Ago Grey who is currently kicking himself in the hindsight.  You couldn’t have known, Two Days Ago Grey.  “I know, but I mocked Three Days Ago Grey mercilessly about it and now he’s no longer speaking to me.  Hindsight really sucks.”  So, Ramos goes to the Phils, which is a solid real move for them, and him.  Not like he’ll suddenly be Yogi Piazza, but the lineup and park are better.  Of course, he’s on the DL for a few more weeks, so you’ve got some time, Two Days Ago Grey!

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Excellent trading deadline move to trade for 2015 Arrieta.  Well played!

Jake Diekman – Traded to the Diamondbacks.  Arizona really wanted Gimme Fenceman, but they got a Diekman instead.  This means that Jose Leclerc should be in pole position to be Rangers’ closer.  That’s until old tweets uncover his choice words for uncle, F.W. de Klerk.

Brad Ziegler – Traded to the Diamondbacks.  There will be some familiar faces in Arizona from when Ziegler was first with the Diamondbacks, but lots of new faces, which is awesome for his autograph collection.  “Could you sign one in Japanese characters so I can try to sell it on Alibaba?”  That’s Ziegler talking with Hirano.

Zack Godley – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Not to take anything away from Godley, but this was against one of the worst road offenses (Rangers).  Godley did do all that was humanly possible.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  How many Pollocks does it take to hit two homers in three games?  One, obviously.  Dur.

Steven Matz – 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.35.  The Mets are only in rebuild mode as far as pitchers arms are concerned.

Jeff McNeil – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  With Asdrubal gone, McNeil became the de facto 2nd baseman, and has me a little like the emoji with hand on the chin.  Not quite pulling trigger in shallow leagues, but definitely cyclops’ing him.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 6 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer.  Hitting near .350 in the last week, and, hey, I wouldn’t have drafted him, but if he were dropped, I’d grab him.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs as the Nats scored 25 runs.  I like how the entire Nats team collectively yesterday was like, “Oh, wait, we’re good, aren’t we?”

Trea Turner – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 2 steals (25 26), and 4 steals in the last three games.  What was that about Treat Urner not running?

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  Not completely sure what the Stream-o-Nator has against Roark, but I grabbed him for this start and I’m holding him for his next one.  Mr. Roark can make your fantasies come true.

Jon Gray – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.99.  Look at this guy pitching downright efficient!  No crazy Ks, but no crazy anything else either.  I’ll take it!  Give me boring for once; my heart longs for it.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  Think he’s prolly owned in too many leagues to be telling you to pick him up, but CarGo’s got hot stuff, says Frank Sobotka.

Homer Bailey – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.87 vs. Matthew Boyd – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.22.  Both the Tigers and Reds played a dejected, demoralized game yesterday, because anyone who remained on either team knew they weren’t going to get traded to a contender.

Danny Duffy – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.50, as he faced the White Sox.  See what I said 1/18th of an inch above for the Reds/Tigers matchup.  These teams will snap out of it, but it’s going to take time to realize they’re stuck in Purgatory.

Ryan O’Hearn – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer in his first major league game.  It’s all downhill from O’Here.  He looks like a potential 20-homer, .240 hitter if he can fend off Hunter Dozier and Lucas Duda.  Ya know, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Duda.

Jonathan Villar – Went the other way in the Schoop trade.  Might have the highest gain in fantasy value across all trades (Gausman and Archer could have something to say about that).  The Orioles are just crazy enough to play Villar every day and he is the prototypical player who is much more valuable in fantasy than real life.  Sounds like a win-win!  Those are fantasy wins; the Orioles aren’t winning in either of those, but don’t tell them that.

Miguel Andujar – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .292.  Weird to say a guy is quietly putting together a solid season for the Yankees, because usually everything to do with New York is screamed and cussed, but Andujar’s on pace for a 20/.290 season as a rookie.  Since there’s a blog law that states whenever you talk about the Yankees, you must also talk about the Red Sox.  If Bogaerts were to give you a 24/.290 season, it would be an improvement on his current pace.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  Now has 15 scoreless innings in the 2nd half, and I told you after his last scoreless game that you should be looking to acquire him.  Now, good luck with that.

J.A. Happ – Hit the DL with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  About to start writing my script about the year all of the best players in the Major Leagues got Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease from a dirty diaper and utility men and middle relievers had to finish out the baseball season.  “I’ll tell you what, Joe, this has been an interesting World Series and tonight will be no different with Brandon Workman about to face Matt Albers in the pivotal sixth game.”

  1. Michael DePinto says:
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    Good Morning Fantasy Lothario…Have you guys noticed that there is something wrong with the Streamonator? All of the pitcher names are made up. LOL

    Would you trade either Lester or Newcomb and Haniger for Nelson Cruz?

    • knucks says:
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      @Michael DePinto: Sterling Sharpe is on the bump for the Nats tonight. Thinking maybe there is a mix up between the Football and Baseball Tools? Or someone is playing some kind of joke.

      I commented on the SON post last night, which prob pinged Rudy, but I know from Truss’ RCL post that Rudy is on vaca. Hope its not a whole thing for him to deal with. If it is, I want it to be known that I’m in favor of Rudy fixing it after his vacation.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @knucks: rudy has been emailed, all of SON/TRON/relievonator/FIP vs ERA/BABIP vs AVG are having issues for at least 6 hrs. maybe something to do with the trades? i have no idea.

      • jose says:
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        @knucks: So are you saying Weaver and Grey aren’t absolute buys tonight?

        • sportivetricks says:
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          @jose:

          Wait, something’s wrong with SoN????

          Was literally trying to decide between Weaver (v COL 26.00) and Gray (v BAL 21.40) tonight. But these numbers are off? I feel like a foolio.

            • sportivetricks says:
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              @Grey:

              Word.

              So, Weaver ($20.1), Gray ($15.5), or Waituntiltomorrow ($0.0)???

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Tomorrow

                • sportivetricks says:
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                  @Grey:

                  damn, shark-eyes-killer

                  THANKS!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

                • sportivetricks says:
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                  @Grey:

                  And are you sure it’s fixed?

                  It looks like someone used a “What’s your porn star name” to populate the SoN.

                  Leo Crawford ($22 on 8/2)? ? ?

                  Sterling Sharpe ($14.9 on 8/2) ? ? ?

                  Sean Poppen ($21.5 on 8/6)? ? ?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Weird, I’m sure Rudy will check it when he can, it’s Sterling Sharp, no relation to Sharpe

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @knucks: Thanks! Think it’s fixed now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael DePinto: Looks like it’s fixed now, must’ve been some sorta glitch — Sure, I’d send Newcomb first

      • Seth Swirsky says:
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        @Grey: SON definitely fixed only for today: not tomw and onward.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy’s aware of it, trying to figure out why, prolly has to do with trades yesterday

  2. Member Berries says:
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    Clicks on Dereck Rodriguez (as i am interested to see whether or not he’s of value) and i get:

    “We could not find an exact match for the player you are looking for. Below is a list of possible matches” plus a list of names including Jake Peavy… so much for that magic trick

    yeah, SON is not right, i think it has Head Foot Mouth Disease.

    — perhaps all the roster shifts has projections tools out of whack

    (finally to the question)
    Please rank for ROS:. Aguilar, CJ Cron, and Ryan Braun at 1B

    Pham too much to give up for Gausman?

    since this post is not long enough, ERosario needs to step it up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Member Berries: Huh? I click on it and it’s fine, maybe it was the same issue as the commenter had above — Aguilar, Cron — Pham seems a bit much

  3. Turd Fergusons says:
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    Doolittle’s tweets about Treat Urner’s tweets led to Urner’s press conference, which led DMurph to have a change of heart, which led to a huge kumbaya moment for the nats boys, which will now lead to a scorching hot stretch that sees them make the playoffs where they end up defeating the Brewers, Braves, and Astros due to Hader, Newcomb, and Osuna blowups. Ya heard it here first.

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    Damn you for calling my Bauers a hot schmotato! Bauers will be hot for life!

    I’ve been watching his ABs, his strength is definitely having a strong awareness of the strike-zone, kinda like Carpenteresk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simsbad: I want it to be life too! Would’ve went with Carpenteresque

  5. Herr Drumpf says:
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    So I have Muncy, Taylor and Shaw on my squad…or as I like to call it, “MAN I GOT SCREWED YESTERDAY!!” Pickings are slim on the waiver wire, so which of these three would you definitely get rid of??

    Also–Your thought on Hendricks. Solid starter for the rest of the season, or stay away??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herr Drumpf: That sucks — I would definitely hold for a few days to see how it plays out — Hendricks is pretty passable, but could see some streams

  6. Prog_Nation says:
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    Great write-up. As a Brewers fan agree with you 100 percent.

    Maybe Miller Brewing Company which is also Coors can come up with a new beer based on what they are doing. Any good names you can come up with?

    One things for sure, the Brewer’s offense is bloated and drink the high calorie beers, while the starting pitchers are drinking Miller Lite, while Counsell sips on his Seagrem’s wine cooler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prog_Nation: Not sure, but I know they make St. Ideas so maybe they want a bunch of Crooked numbers

  7. Rafael Kam says:
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    1. Maybin or Leonys as sb play over ROS?

    2. Is Carlos Martinez mixed league droppable yet?

  8. Mike says:
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    Soild read. Also shouldve listened to you yeterday and not started matz. My ERA looks like garbage.

    I see a logjam coming for the dogers. You think offering Max muncy while he’s got value for Blake treinen is a good move? I really need the saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Sounds decent

  9. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I just traded my Baez and Jameson Taillion for Bryce Harper. I have a bunch of MI and needed OF (5 OF league). How did I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: Sounds even at best, terrible at worst

      • Elliot

        Elliot says:
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        @Grey: Hm. I’ll go with even, then. Ha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Elliot

        Elliot says:
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        @Grey: Hm. I’ll go with even, then. Ha.

  10. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Fantastic write-up!

    a. How ’bout Chase D’Arnaud (the pride and joy of Pepperdine University) rocking SF Giants lineup? He popped a HR the other day, I notice you didn’t mention him – shame on you. No?

    How ’bout Austin Slater filling for Belt on the DL? Still no? Aw, JB Shuck(s)! That is one extremely docile lineup, completely dull. Slater couldn’t stand in the shadow of the guy holding Adam Dunn’s parasol whose holding Joey Votto’s parasol. He’s not even a good AAAA 1B!

    b. Don’t get me started about the shadow created by Jon Niese’s nose! I googled “mets pitcher with a very big nose”…..First hit?…..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Niese…..I sh*t you not? Try it if you don’t believe me.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 1

    WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

    Is it true that the sun of a man’s mentality touches noon at forty and then begins to wane toward setting? Doctor Osler is charged with saying so. Maybe he said it, maybe he didn’t; I don’t know which it is. But if he said it, I can point him to a case which proves his rule. Proves it by being an exception to it. To this place I nominate Mr. Howells.

    I read his VENETIAN DAYS about forty years ago. I compare it with his paper on Machiavelli in a late number of HARPER, and I cannot find that his English has suffered any impairment. For forty years his English has been to me a continual delight and astonishment. In the sustained exhibition of certain great qualities–clearness, compression, verbal exactness, and unforced and seemingly unconscious felicity of phrasing–he is, in my belief, without his peer in the English-writing world. SUSTAINED. I entrench myself behind that protecting word. There are others who exhibit those great qualities as greatly as he does, but only by intervaled distributions of rich moonlight, with stretches of veiled and dimmer landscape between; whereas Howells’s moon sails cloudless skies all night and all the nights.

    In the matter of verbal exactness Mr. Howells has no superior, I suppose. He seems to be almost always able to find that elusive and shifty grain of gold, the RIGHT WORD. Others have to put up with approximations, more or less frequently; he has better luck. To me, the others are miners working with the gold-pan–of necessity some of the gold washes over and escapes; whereas, in my fancy, he is quicksilver raiding down a riffle–no grain of the metal stands much chance of eluding him. A powerful agent is the right word: it lights the reader’s way and makes it plain; a close approximation to it will answer, and much traveling is done in a well-enough fashion by its help, but we do not welcome it and applaud it and rejoice in it as we do when THE right
    one blazes out on us. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt: it tingles exquisitely around through the walls of the mouth and tastes as tart and crisp and good as the autumn-butter that creams the sumac-berry. One has no time to examine the word and vote upon its rank and standing, the automatic recognition of its supremacy is so immediate. There is a plenty of acceptable literature which deals largely in approximations, but it may be likened to a fine landscape seen through the rain; the right word would dismiss the rain, then you would see it better. It doesn’t rain when Howells is at work.

    And where does he get the easy and effortless flow of his speech? And its cadenced and undulating rhythm? and its architectural felicities of construction, its graces of expression, its pemmican quality of compression, and all that? Born to him, no doubt. All in shining good order in the beginning, all extraordinary; and all just as shining, just as extraordinary today, after forty years of diligent wear and tear and use. He passed his fortieth year long and long ago; but I think his English of today–his perfect English, I wish to say–can throw down the glove before his English of that antique time and not be afraid.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      Ante you’re the best!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Frank!!

        You are. So sorry for ribbing you 2 years ago about your pick of Pollock at 39 when he got injured. Your poetry is the dope.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Ante Galic:

          Haha. I did once do a mock of one of your posts in the comments. I wish I could find it but I don’t remember when. Guess we’re even…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. I saw that too, Grimey is a Bay Area guy so he’s supportive of the Chase B. HA C. Awesome

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks. So question? Does Dozier’s value take a hit in fantasy? If he’s hitting in front all those boom bats he should see a lot of fastballs, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dozier has all dems value

  11. David Niven says:
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    Chico suave,

    I apologize in advance, catcher question.

    2 catcher league and I got 48 (out of 150) waiver transactions left. Sitting in second, I’m gonna need every last one of em.

    2 Cather league I got Hicks and Diaz, and Garver, Zunino, Cervelli are on waivers. Should I burn a transaction or 2 switching up or just ride out what I got and chill the FO?

    Thanks bud, solid content, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David Niven: Diaz? Elias? I’d want Cervelli, but feels silly to burn a move on that

      • David Nicen says:
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        Yup and yup, thanks big guy. Have a great day man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. Bacca72 says:
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    5×5 obp. Need to make a few big pitching moves as my era has been killed. Which side for each? Thank you ahead of time.

    Acuna for Bauer?
    Encarnacion for Bauer?
    K davis and inciarte for scherzer?
    K davis for Bauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bacca72: I’d take Scherzer and Bauer for Edwin, Acuna, Davis, that order, depends on needs on Acuna or Davis tho

  13. Mb says:
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    Drop Hand for Strop or W.Peralta??

    Thanks Grey!

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Mb: either, if strop still isn’t owned and you can just grab willy whenever you want strop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mb: Strop

  14. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Roark a12 team mixed league pick up? I’m pretty sure you leaned that way after the last start … Should have listened. I have Derek Holland on the squad for his double start this week , which SON and Dokken both liked. Roark over Holland? Streaming sutuation but better to have roark than holland, correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: I own Roark in a 12 teamer… Over Holland

  15. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Roark a12 team mixed league pick up? I’m pretty sure you leaned that way after the last start … Should have listened. I have Derek Holland on the squad for his double start this week , which SON and Dokken both liked. Roark over Holland? Streaming sutuation but better to have roark than holland, correct?

  16. Juanderful says:
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    Will Smith or Giles ROS?

    • knucks says:
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      @Juanderful: Will Smith until Giles actually gets a save or two

      • The Harrow says:
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        @knucks: that and there’s no guarantee smith loses it to strickland when he’s back.

  17. Luke says:
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    Good morning,

    What kind of pitcher return should I be looking for for Stanton?

    • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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      @Luke: severino or so. and probably not him exactly right now.

      • Luke says:
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        @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: The person in my league who has severino isn’t a Stanton fan lol. I’m just looking to move Stanton, and keep Acuna, Arenado, and Ramirez. So pitching upgrade would be good and even a draft pick maybe.

    • knucks says:
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      @Luke: League specifics will help, but prob a top 5 pitcher. Or maybe Bauer and a pick?

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @knucks: yeah i was thinking bauer + sounds good too.

      • Luke says:
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        @knucks: 12 man league, 5 keeper (3 batter, 2 pitcher), head to head 1 win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: Top 5 SP

  18. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    locked into a FAAB battle of the decade (or this year) in NL only, negated my 50 win on mostsuckass as i clearly need MI well more than CI/3B guy here. now i gotta
    1. help jack up archer’s price so that owner who really wants him blows his budget
    2. nab dozier (which might be easier than schoop if current bids hold true)
    3. hopefully cheapo nab w.ramos
    4. maybe get gausman
    there’s no way all 4 of those hold true.

    C barnhart
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B harrison (3B/OF)
    SS gone varnish (2B)
    3B longo
    MI kike (2B/SS/3B/OF but he’s losing playing time big time now with both machado/dozier in tow)
    CI b.anderson (3B/OF)
    OF (4) harper, marte, rhysus (1B), nimmo
    util (1) thames (1B/OF)
    BN hampson (2B/SS, getting jerked around, but honestly mcmahon should get chance first anyway here, he was jerked around for much longer, mcmahon is owned)

    i also own mostsuckass but have 6 days to add him (am trying to trade him or longo for MI right now). also do have a roster hole for one player.
    NA (1) hiura

    SP: wheeler, suarez, weaver, d-rod, guerra, miley (dropped allard, lucky for sure but it’s gone on for 4 straight starts and MIL has some shortish term history on shitty SP getting fairly lucky (estrada, guerra this year, c.anderson, davies etc)), kingham (likely dropped soon for gant)
    RP: (room for 4): minter, sera anthony, boxy, hand
    DL: wacha/ryu/stripling/darvish (sounds back soon)

    drop kike for legs mcneil? (bonus points for anybody who actually knows who this is without looking it up). mcneil gets his 2B very shortly (1 more start). and bid how much out of my 89 for him? probably won’t cost much here. the guy who got him when he entered yahoo bid 2 then dropped when he won E2.

    closermonkey is getting funnier:
    “VULTURE POSITION PLAYER PITCHING WATCH
    Today
    1. Jose Bautista – Jose Reyes held the Nationals to six runs on just five hits in Tuesday’s ninth inning, but he needed 48 pitches in the process. Should the Mets fall behind by 18 for a second straight night, Reyes will be unavailable.”

  19. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    The Mets new theme song 25 or 6 to 4

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @knucks:

        I feel bad for Mets fans……………… Phils are on the upswing but most years Phils and Mets strive for similar levels of ineptitude.

        • knucks says:
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          @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: You hear MJ Schmidt on 97.5 this AM?

          Sadly, I am a Mets fan just outside of the broadcast range of the NY stations. Stuck listening to Philly sports talk, which is still very entertaining.

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @knucks:

            I hate to admit it but i lower my IQ 50 points by listening to WIP today……Schmidty is one of my favorites of all time…what did he have to say today? He gets criticized often because he speaks the truth without sugar coating but he is usually spot on.

            • knucks says:
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              @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Caught the interview towards the end. He was talking about how Rhys reminds him of himself (which was prompted more by the host, not by Schmidt). He was also saying he didn’t learn to truly “hit” (spray the ball all over the field) until the last two years of his career. He said he tried talking to Rhys about that, but also noted about how the game has changed, so maybe it isn’t the best idea. He said he wished he had as much fun when he played as Rhys was having right now.

              They talked about the lack of small ball these days. He was also talking about how he spoke with Manfred last weekend at the HOF thing about how the MLB is a bit worried about fan attention spans. He mentioned him and Manfred talked about how the average “time until the next ball in play” was typically about 3 minutes for years and years. And now we are around 4 mins. Which I found interesting, but unsurprising.

              97.5 > 94.1 all day. I don’t listen to much of the mid-day stuff. so maybe 94.1 edges them there… But Morning and Afternoons on 97.5 are far superior… for whatever that statement is worth, coming from a non-birds, non-phildos, non-flyers fan.

              • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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                @knucks:

                All good points the game is slow…i used to like when Joe Blanton pitched here he wasted no time…. i’ll have to listen to the podcast

                I flip back and forth btw the two stations I don’t like Missenelli at all and “Cuz” (gargano) is only good in small doses but i agree with you 97 is better for the most part.

                • johnnyhobbes says:
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                  @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Missenelli is a horrible curmudgeon who, ironically, likes to call all the people he disagrees with curmudgeons. I cant listen to him anymore. Used to the sport talk radio but the personalities burn you out of interest in the subject matter. All that being said I will too have to listen to schmidt, I hope he can get Rhys’s attention.

                  • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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                    @johnnyhobbes:

                    He is a b tch………i really hate when he does the stupid bracket trounaments for things like worlds greatest song etc

                    all the sports talk have trouble filling airtime 24/7 but he is the most annoying

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        i’ve never been on a slow pitch softball team that lost by that much

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  20. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    A catcher question for you.

    Currently have John Hicks at C. Drop him for any of …

    Isiah Kiner-Falefa (just got C eligibility), Robinson Chirinos, Francisco Arcia, or Mike Zunino?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Elliot: Hicks has me wanting to pick that catcher scab too.

      IKF is intriguing. Good spot on C eligibility in Yahoo. Didn’t play @Ariz but maybe he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.

  21. gamer be ware-y says:
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    Grey-

    Would you now pickup Gausman with this Braves trade. Where do you see him slotting in @?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gamer be ware-y: All of these questions seem answered in the post you’re commenting on

  22. gamer be ware-y says:
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    Grey-

    Would you now grab Gausman for SP? …and where do you think the Braves slot him,

  23. Game of Throws says:
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    I went a little SAGNOF crazy at trade deadline. Which 2 closers are you dropping?

    Romo, Giles, Givens, Smith, Peralta, Minter, Barraclough, Leclerc

    Thanks!

  24. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Is it time to cut bait on Nick Pivetta, Jeremy Hellickson, and Shane (is it too late to say sorry) Bieber and pick up people like Michael Fiers, Wade Miley and Edwin Jackson or hold on to them?

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Hey Scott, These are all streamers/coin flips. Play the matchups.

    • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: stream the hellickson spot only if those are the best FA guys.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Pivetta and Bieber have been killing me as of late. Pivetta gets drilled but strikes out a ton, and Bieber has just been awful lately. As I stated before, Fiers, Jackson, and Miley are available. Should I cut those two for two of the free agents or hold and spot start those guys?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d look at matchups

  25. Partial to SP aka SteamerMan says:
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    Grey,

    So now that Gausman is a Brave, Is he a worthy add?

  26. Cuddyeria Cha Cha Cha says:
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    Why does my team have to poop itself right before the playoffs start? Judge, Mazara, Doolittle, Taylor & Muncy. WHYYYY????

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @knucks: plus aren’t the playoffs in most leagues like the last 3 weeks of the MLB season, you have what 5-6 on that.

        • Cuddyeria Cha Cha Cha says:
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          @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: I have 1 regular season head to head match up left which starts tomorrow and lasts until 8/12. 14 team league with top 7 making the playoffs (1st place gets bye). 10 day long match ups…we cut off the last week of the season. I’m in the playoffs but am limping at this point. We used to do roto but the league consensus was head to head. I’ve enjoyed it.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Cuddyeria Cha Cha Cha:

      better than during the playoffs

  27. Rosterbating says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking to next year a bit in a keeper league…the league rules are that keeper values are based off of projected rankings for next year and the keeper round is calculated off that ranking. Juan Soto has been a great addition this year, and clearly a huge upside. What do you think for next year? Top 50? Or somewhere around 75/80? I’m just hoping he doesn’t get the Rhys Hoskins treatment (he was ranked 46 in yahoo this year) and way overvalued in my opinion. I’d appreciate your feedback – thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rosterbating: Soto is top 50, we talk about him on yesterday’s podcast

      • Rosterbating says:
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        @Grey: Coolio – thanks man….I figured that much. I’ll have a listen in! Thanks as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Good morning Brother Grey!

    Lawd mercy, the tradeline deadline definitely impacted my roster in the league I want to win the most (10 team h2h points league with large payouts).

    I own Muncy, Chris Taylor, Dozier, Braun…and also saw my Xander Boegarts and Springer go down with injuries.

    1. Can we form a prayer hexagon razz all fam?
    2. Should I be selling Muncy, Taylor and dropping Braun, or HODL?
    3. Wade LeBlanc has been good for the last month aside from road starts in BOS and COL. Would you stream him tonight at home vs. The Astros would Correa, Altuve, and Springer injured?

    4. SON loves Junis on the road vs CWS today, but it also has a lil love for Covey who he faces off against. SON also likes Tropeano on the road in TB. Should I start all, some, or none?

    Thanks as always!

    • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: auto correct really got me, Im frazzled.

      *razz all fam
      *with Correa, Altuve, Springer injured

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: 1. Wit’ ya 2. I’d hold to see how it shakes out 3. I wouldn’t 4. I wouldn’t mess with these guys, Trop’s ok, but yesterday scared me

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks brothahman! Holding on for dear life as we speak, praying to the fantasy baseball gods that Springer avoids a 2 month DL.

        Lawwwwwwd have mercy…FBB is the most stressful hobby I’ve ever had!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s so stressful! I am one giant ulcer

  29. Five-on-One says:
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    12-team, 5×5 league with weekly line-ups:

    1) Of Braun, Puig, Avisail and Gallo, Braun is the sit, at least until we know how playing time shakes out?

    2) Need MI help. Apologize in advance for long list. Right now, rockin’ Chris Taylor and Garret Hampson (both with playing time concerns). Can you rank top three from the following: Taylor, Hampson, Forsythe, McNeil, Villar, Mondesi, Addison, Polanco, Galvis, Drury, and some guy named Rosell Herrerra.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: 1. Seems so, not 100% yet 2. Taylor, Villar, McNeil

  30. hey blinkin says:
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    Hi there Grey-

    Grab Gausman in 12 team league? … What are your ideas on how he will be utilized

    btw- site keeps cycling, dnt know if questins are coming through in triplet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hey blinkin: Site might’ve had problems this morning, seems to be working for me now — If you see something, say something! I’d grab Gausman

  31. White Flag says:
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    Grey I’ve looked at SON already but have a hard time agreeing with them for a streamer today. Can you please help me out here????

    Junis @ CWS 13.8
    Tropeano @ TB 4.4
    Fiers vs Cin -2.0

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @White Flag: I’m rolling Trop at the Trop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @White Flag: Trop is only one I’d go near and after yesterday I’d be chicken

  32. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Would appreciative your thoughts on each of these potential trades/wire opportunities given this is a 12 team, H2H league that has separate categories for saves, holds, whip, era, wins, losses, QS, k’s and HRs allowed. I am in first with a bye in round one a certainty but struggling lately. Need to stop losing both saves and holds each week. I have a lot of Mariners too. Ryu coming back in a few weeks hopefully.

    Gattis – Freeman, Santana, Eugenio – Dee, Bregman, DeJong – Trout, Mazara, Rosario, Peralta, Haniger – DH is Cruz. Bench- Jo Ma, Cano
    Max, Kluber, Bauer, Hendricks, Heaney – Osuna, Bear Claw, Leclerc
    DL – Ryu

    1. Been offered Allen for Hendricks. Allen closed last night and has a good playoff schedule but he also has been shaky at times, Hand looming? Would you take this?

    2. Better or worse than #1….Allen and Romo for Hendricks and Haniger? I would then have Jo Ma, Cano and D Peralta for my last two hitting spots rotating to matchups. Jo Ma’s status is driving me crazy though.

    3. W Peralta is on the wire and not sure KC will win many games down the stretch. I could accept the trade offer and drop Jo Ma for Peralta. Seems crazy.

    4. Or I could hold my pitchers, reject Allen and drop Jo Ma for Peralta.

    5. Or counter his offer with…????

    Thanks for all the help. This is a lot to ask!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: 1. Sure 2. Worse 3. How many saves you need in H2H? Sounds ok 4. Meh

  33. Alex Sutara says:
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    Love that Wire reference

    “We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket”

    Which is exactly what I’ve been trying to do when offering a combo of Britton and/or David Robertson/Kipnis for a lower end Clevinger type SP or even Pre Pitt Archer. No one is biting however and in this Save Hold league I’m struggling to compete in that category. The Strop’s and Givens are out there right now but I don’t have the roster spots.

    Think I should cut ties with Britton or hold?

    Also, You taking Gausman or Gibson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex Sutara: Haha, nice! I’d hold in a Holds league — Gausman

  34. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey sir!

    Excellent write-up. I’m gonna keep this short, because you’ve got things to do and it’s another damn catcher Q (following your and folks’ replies above):

    Hicks OR

    Kiner-Falefa
    Yan Gomes
    Austin Romine
    Mitch Garver
    Barnhart

    I don’t really see why I’m holding onto Hicks other than his ownership % but I haven’t had much luck playing hot hand at C either.

    Hope Ted pulls through!

    Jake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Ted will be okay, thanks! I’d try Barnhart

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Glad to hear! Thanks. Tucker’s been hitting more than Hicks and he’s not on the Tigers! Bonus!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  35. Lubes says:
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    I was playing the “grab all the 8th inning guys” game before the trade deadline… and lost. I now find myself holding Jared Hughes, Joe Jimenez, and Jordan Hicks. What are the odds Iglesias/Greene/Norris still get traded? If not, who do I drop for Leclerc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubes: Slim to anorexic

      • Lubes says:
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        @Grey:
        That was my gut. Who to drop? Hughes is still giving me some good ratios, so I’m leaning to hold on him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jimenez

  36. Lindorphins says:
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    How would you rank these starters ROS?

    Price, Taillon, Archer, Hamels, Newcomb, Rodon.

    Thanks!

  37. Murph says:
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    Yo Grey
    Whats the term for holding a guy like Soto, seeing the Nats score 25 and then scrolling through the box score to find out he drove in exactly zero runs?
    Now on other questions –
    1 – I’ve got Ian Happ and Gurriel (now out 2-6 weeks) – wanted to get a couple MI, multi-position guys to move around – can you pick 2 from David Freese, Nick Ahmed and Jake Bauers (and Happ if you think I should keep him)
    2 – would you cut A Sanchez, Flaherty or Castillo for either Roark , Walker Buehler or Carlos Rodon?
    Thanks pal!

    • Murph says:
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      @Murph: Gausman also available….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ticker tease! 1. Bauers, Ahmed 2. Roark, Walker over Anibal and Castillo

    • Murph says:
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      Grey!!
      Need a closer – would you trade Devers for Will Smith or Cody Allen?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Allen

  38. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    You got my mind toiling about Rays equivalents in other leagues. Couldn’t come up with one for football. Belichick gets touted as the 4D chess grandmaster of roster moves, but actually wins games, so not a one to one. Basketball– people tend to focus on Daryl Morey, but again the Rockets win games. Maybe the Hinkie Sixers who the Sixers faithful touted as the most genius jedi-mind trick ever but consistently were awful? But, unlike the Rays, half the league and sports press hated them.

    Probably part of the issue is that the Rays are so small market, it’s a lot easier for them to fly by under the radar on the strength of a weak narrative. If they were the New York Rays, I don’t think they’d get as much of a pass.

    Also, don’t pay any attention to me. I went to the Nats/Mets game last night and my brain is still recovering from the sheer awfulness of what passes for the Mets lineup.

    • knucks says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Unfair to Sam there. The process was trusted. Now they are the 2nd best team in the East at a minimum. It was never about winning while he was employed by the team. Look at how the sport has changed recently. The NBA is now an “if you aint first or second, your last” league. Sam Hinkie died for our sins.

      https://twitter.com/DidTheSixersWin/status/981340807146983424

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, good call, trust the process is totally the Rays, with very little results and now they have one SP and two hitters

  39. Chet says:
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    Starting Carrasco vs Min today? The Twins have destroyed him lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  40. Teddy BB says:
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    Unsure if I should trade Vlad Jr. to make a run for this year’s H2H playoffs…
    Do you see Vlad as a Top 100 player next year ? Top 50 ?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Teddy BB: I would trade someone else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I see him around where Acuna was this preseason for me — 50-75

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Teddy BB: I would not trade him, but that partially depends on your keeper rules and who else you’d be keeping.

  41. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Did The Mets really look around and say, “no thanks, we’re good”?

    I mean, you have to admire them for their devotion to the joke.

    • Grey

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      They’re like a real live version of The Aristocrats

  42. Steeve Nadeau says:
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    Yates: closer for SD in 2019, sure, possible, maybe or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Possible, I’d say 75% chance

  43. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Time for a move on Yates and drop Hand ?

    • Cram It says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: I mean, Yates is the closer, so if you want saves…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Yates

  44. Caught Looking says:
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    Deadly title I love it… Except for the fact that I have Dozier Muncy and Kemp now ughhh. Just trade Chris Taylor away for Krush Davis last week (win!)

    What do I do with all these Dodgers? Who would you be trying to trade? Kemp to me is by far the most expendable, unless you think they’re going to dodge (get it?) Muncy in the line up frequently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy did title… I’d see how the Dodgers shake out before making any extreme moves

  45. omar says:
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    8 team AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto: Thoughts on this offer.

    Give: Khrush, Osuna
    Get: Judge, McHugh

    Rationale: Currently (comfortably) in 1st place. Think I could absorb the impact of not having Judge while he’s out; going to grab Pham off the wire when he’s eligible on 8/4. One year keeper league – max 3 players… could keep Judge thru 2019. Current keepers are Jo-Ram, Sale, and Bregman, so I don’t ‘need’ another keeper, but like the idea of having Judge next year. Not convinced Osuna is going to take the closer role in Houston, and I already own Rondon. McHugh would give me production and roster flexibility with the SP eligibility.

    Make the offer or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what this move is trying to accomplish

  46. Righty says:
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    Is Eloy Jimenez up this year or what? One would think… I imagine this guy has to be a stash in any sort of keeper, but I don’t see a lot of questions here regarding him.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Righty: Should be.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Righty: He should be, but I think they hold him down until next April. About 2 weeks into the season.

    • Grey

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      Maybe Sept

  47. Scottsteelers says:
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    ROS corbin, Archer or Manaee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

  48. bigbear says:
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    Are you saying Homer Bailey is still pitching? Mind blown…

    12 team H2H no holds league. Rank these RPs for ROS:

    Morrow/Strop – one active roster spot with Morrow on the DL
    Seranthony – seems to be separating himself on a playoff team.
    Boxberger – Is it me, or is he hard to really trust?
    Hader – no SV, but those Ks… (yin for the Manaea/Mikolas yang)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Haha — Seranthony, Box, Hader

  49. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey! Holy crap Rudy outdid himself with today’s title. There should be no more titles after today. Perfection.

    Can’t believe you dropped a de Klerk reference into a Texas post. Brilliant. I thought they had already traded LeClerk along with Diekman, but that’s probably just the Mandela effect.

    In RCL:
    Would you pick up Musgrove over any of Heaney, Wheeler, Giles or Swarzak?

    Would you rather have Bauers than Mondesi? Or Bauers over any of the above?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Haha, it is a good title — ha, nice! Musgrove over Wheeler; Bauers over Mondesi

    • seeing this late as i was on vacation. thanks!

  50. Jays for Days says:
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    Drop Pivetta or Chacin for Strop or Smith? I have Rodney and Davis and Giles as closers now.

    Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jays for Days: I’d drop both for both RPs if I needed saves, do you need saves?

      • Jays for days says:
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        @Grey: I’ve averaged about 4 each week the last 5 weeks or so. 12 man H2H.

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @Grey: I can also move Darvish to my DL and drop Wacha instead of one of them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I expect nothing from Darvish, but if you like

  51. SpecialFNK says:
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    who would be a better keeper with the intention to content in 2019 and going forward, Lorenzo Cain or Austin Meadows?

  52. fudgemybudge says:
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    how much out of $104 remaining for gausman
    10T pts league

      • fudgemybudge says:
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        @Grey: yes, perfect i was thinking $10 thx

      • fudgemybudge says:
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        @Grey: yes, perfect i was thinking $10 thx

  53. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What an insane deadline!

    So, in that keep 7 keeper league where I’m in 2/3 of 12, the first place guy has increased his lead pretty considerably (now 15 points ahead of me and the other guy).

    He’s still looking to lock up his victory + has offered these trades (similar to something you saw a couple weeks ago, but lesser players on my end):

    A. His $6 Trea for my $26 Blackmon (keep for 29), $33 Kershaw, Treinen, and Peraza.

    B. His $12 Arenado for the same package above.

    C. His $11 Bennentendi for same package as above, minus Blackmon (Kershaw trienen Peraza).

    Am I correct that you’d do any of those deals, with the preference of getting Trea, then Arenado, then Benny?

    Thanks!

  54. Jack says:
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    Alfaro (until Ramos is back), Chirinos, F. Arcia, Romine, or Garver? Thx.

  55. jc says:
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    I’m in a bind. Desperate for pitching in a public’ league where only one team is open to doing a trade.
    Trying to trade JD for an ace, but his best SP are Carrasco & Mikolas.
    Would you do JD for Mikolas & Yellich?
    Or JD for Mikolas & Carrasco?
    Other players I could trade would be Marte or Rosario.
    Maybe one of them for Mikolas or Carrasco?
    Please help..I’m confused

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want better SPs

  56. Jack says:
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    1. Healy or Longoria?
    2. Please rank Calhoun, Conforto, and Tyler O’Neill
    Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy — Calhoun, O’Neill

  57. b the esq. says:
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    Yahoo Keeper League trade question. Daily roster moves.

    Can keep any 5 players in the first 5 rounds. Can then keep up to 5 under our rookie rule (round drafted, or last round if picked up, move up 5 rounds each year).

    6×6 – R, HR, SB, RBI, BA, BB / K, ERA, WHIP, QS, SV, HLD

    Current roster (round keepable next year)
    C – Perez
    1 – Rhysus (20th round)
    2 – Rizzo
    3 – Machado
    SS – Lindor (10th)
    OF – Trout
    OF – Rosario
    OF – Bellinger (21st)
    Util – Soto (26)
    Util – Rendon
    DL – Devers (20)

    SP- Bauer, Skaggs, Beuhler (26th)
    RP – Betances, Trevino (26th)
    P – Aroldis, Cody Allen, Bud Norris, Romo
    BN – Box, Yates, Lester, Severino, Wood, Kershaw, Osuna
    DL – Thor, Reyes (26th), Nelson, Stripling,
    NA – Giles

    Been proposed to me – His Scherzer and Jose Abreu for my Rhysus and Stripling.

    I would have to lose someone else b/c Stripling is on DL, so not sure who that would be.
    Give up the long term keeper value of Rhysus for Scherzer? If its redraft this is the easiest trade ever, but with the rookie keeper value, obviously much more difficult.

    Thoughts?

  58. steve stevenson says:
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    Rank the following in an NL only keeper w/ only 3 minors slots: Mejia, Kingery, Robles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles, Kingery

  59. scythe says:
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    Wonderful write-up Grey!

    Zunino or Alfaro ROS? In 14 points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  60. Isabella says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Alonso or piscotty ROS for utility spot? Alonso has been excellent . Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty has been goo too, btb

  61. Dancin Homer says:
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    Man, I feel your pain when watching that trade-tracker updates. have no idea what Muncy’s value is now & for the life of me can’t figure out what the F the brewers are thinking.

    Anyway, would you drop Sano/ I. Happ/ or Jose Martinez for O’Neil? Got a solid OF, but would slot O’Neil in at my UTL spot.

    12-team 6×6 (OPS) league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try him over Jo-Ma

  62. fudgemybudge says:
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    start thor tnt @ was?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  63. Keith Labelle says:
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    Pollock + Dee Gordon for Lindor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  64. Miguel Tovar says:
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    Looks like SON is still on the fritz. Today’s is fine but the rest of the week not so much……….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy will look at it when he gets a second, sorry about that

  65. CP says:
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    Have the #1 waiver claim in an NL-only. Based on your second half rankings do I for sure take Dozier here? Schoop’s hot streak and all of these trades/playing time concerns change anything for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Dozier

  66. Jon Gray’s Broken Toe says:
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    You can see signs that the Braves rotation may start to buxkle down the stretch – Teheran has been miserable, Folty amd Newcomb still look good but have had some implosions recently. Anibal Sanchez is having his best season in a long time. The Braves landed a good but not great bridesmaid in Kevin Gausman.

    It is not difficult to imagine some of these guys imploding in August and September.
    Assuming the Braves are not able to trade for any big game pitchers in August, the Braves may have to rely on some internal pieces to get the job done. How would you rank the following fantasy-wise for the remainder of the season;

    Allard
    Fried
    Gohara
    Soroka
    Toussaint
    Wisler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fried, Gohara, Soroka — Wisler’s gone

  67. hondo says:
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    If Vlad(holding on bench) comes up in the last month of H2H,would you prefer him over J.Turner(assuming they’re both healthy)?I think I need to bail on my Dodger shares.

    As an owner of Muncy and Chris Taylor,I’m hating Turner,Dozier and Manny(aww,how could anyone hate Manny?)I suck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, over Turner

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.I’ve got Altuve on the DL,grabbed Asdrubal when he got traded.Who would you drop when Altuve gets back-Asdrubal or Chris Taylor? I know it’s kind of a wait and see thing(Altuve not coming back when eligible and Taylor PT) but would appreciate any insight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait and see for now

          • hondo says:
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            @Grey: Yeah,I finally got a chance to go through today’s thread and saw that.Kinda stuck in limbo for a few days,itchin’ like it’s a mini off season.I usually love the trade deadline,this year not so much.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  68. Jack says:
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    Franco over Healy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  69. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Need 1 ROS

    Nick Williams
    Meadows
    Joc Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  70. Murph says:
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    Grey!!
    Need a closer – would you trade Devers for Will Smith or Cody Allen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHAHA, oy

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      Carrasco for brad hand, Ian Desmond, [email protected]los putos: “oh fuuuuuuudge…… [ But I didn’t say fudge]”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  71. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, we starting Luke Weaver tonight in a shallow mixed league? SON is absolutely loving him right now vs COL $20.1. Always trust the SON, but it mauled me yesterday with Skaggs so am hesitant. Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m hesitant

  72. G says:
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    So I’m in 1st place with an 8 game lead in my 12 team H2H keeper league. We can keep 5 guys and my 5 are:

    T. Turner (round 10)
    Lindor (round 8)
    Arenado (round 9)
    Severino (round 11)
    Machado (round 3)

    The rest of my offense of non- keepers includes: Chirinos, Hoskins, Odor, E. Rosario, Starling Marte, Puig, Desmond, Hosmer

    My SPs are- Severino, Sale, Folty, Sabathia, Duffy, and Wacha (DL)
    My RPs for Saves (we also do Holds) are Vazquez and Rondon

    So onto the question. I’m being offered Verlander and Kimbrel for Machado and Folty. I think I should take it but want your feedback. I could keep Machado for next two years only at 3rd and 2nd round value and then goes back into player pool. If I do the trade I can keep Verlander in 6th next year and he would be my 5th keeper. I could also decide not to keep Verlander and keep Rosario for 11th round value for my 5th keeper. Losing Machado is big but thinking my offense can handle the hit. I then get a top SP and closer. With Severino shaky lately and Sale with the injury, I’m thinking Verlander can help. Thoughts? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a terrible trade to me — trade a lesser piece for a lesser SP

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        THanks. Was surprised by your response. Trying to win this year so thought that would put me over the top for Saves and at SP. But highly respect your advice and hate to lose Machado.

        What about Rosario for Kimbrel?

        Hard to make trades in this league with people not wanting to give up their top SPs and with keeper implications

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I prefer that

  73. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Grey, What an incredible write-up! Love the title!

    A. Now that the trade deadline has passed, do you think Norris remains the closer instead of Hicks, barring injury or poor performance?

    B. Do you think LeClerc and/or Giles are worth rostering over Rondon and/or Norris?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yes, Norris B. Leclerc over Rondon

  74. Wormhole says:
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    I give Morton and Aaron hicks for Severino. No brainer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Severino is about to be DL’d it sounds good

  75. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I probably jumped the gun, but I dropped Shaw in a shallow league where I had him. The Brewers face lefties 7 times in the next 2 weeks. Even if he’s in the lineup, he’s hitting .212 against LHP this season. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s a ton of lefties… Sounds fine if the league is shallow

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Shallow enough, your Crons, Alonsos, and Smoaks of the world are regularly available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, that’s shallow

  76. Big Ticket says:
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    8 team league, roto with OBP/SLG/R/RBI/SB, standard pitching.

    Current keepers are pretty weak:

    Harper, Bryant, Bellinger, Suarez, Jose Martinez, Rosario, C-Mart, Flaherty

    Looking at dealing my Harper for Benintendi + choice of C Seager/Rendon + Thor/DeGrom

    1. Who do you prefer in my two choices
    2. Do I even make the move or just hold

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi for Harper is nearly equal, anything more is solid — Rendon, deGrom

  77. Rafael Kam says:
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    Bless your life, Grey! Would love your thoughts on 2 more things.

    1. Do you think DeJong is gonna be a good contributor for ROS? His post injury numbers are brutal but looking at fangraphs splits, the hard hit and other peripherals look good since ASB, but BABIP is terrible since then. I’m hoping he’s due for correction.

    2. Who do you like and how are you ranking them, out of the following infielders in an OBP league: Garrett Hampson, Neil Walker, Matt Duffy, McNeil, Descalso, Gyorko. Overall production the goal but OBP is where I have the most room for growth, SB’s after that. I can take the answer as for now vs rest of season overall if you have diff answers there too.

    Grazie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha 1. I’m done with DeJong until we see something, and he could be squeezed for PT 2. None of these guys are playing every day except Duffy, so that matters… Upside alone: McNeil (not playing today), Hampson (at home), Duffy, Gyorko

  78. Robert says:
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    With Tucker sent down I need a utility spot replacement. Who do you recommend out of: Margot, Souza or M. Franco? Don’t need anything specific, just solid production.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  79. Zach says:
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    In an 8 man league, should these players 100% be owned:
    Batters:
    Kole Calhoun
    Jake Bauers
    Semien
    Kinsler
    Beltre
    Tucker

    Pitchers:
    Rich Hill
    Taillon
    Buehler
    Bundy
    Gausman
    Sanchez
    Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unlikely

      • Zach says:
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        @Grey: Should I hold Josh Donaldson if I have a solid shot of making the playoffs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  80. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Need to drop a couple of these CI/OF types in my RCL

    Freeman
    Moustakas
    Chapman
    Bauers
    Springer
    Acuna
    Rosario
    Puig
    Soto
    O’Neill
    Teoscar
    Calhoun

    I’m leaning towards Teoscar and Calhoun, but maybe it should be O’Neill with him possibly not playing every day?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar, O’Neill

  81. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Sano or Tyler O’Neill for utility spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  82. Weird Fishes says:
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    I’m in a 10-team h2h nl-only league, so all these new players on waivers is hot sauce. I need a SP with Wacha and Carlos on DL. I need upgrade on offense with Cesar at 2B, DeJong at SS, and Muncy, Bader, Zimmerman, Nimmo rotating in at UT/OF/INF.

    For waiver claims, how would you rank Archer, Dozier, Gausman, Schoop? I will probably only get one of them. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier, Schoop, Archer, Gausman

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! For these claims, should the drop order be Nimmo, Zimmerman, Bader?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense, maybe Bader before Zimm, depending on needs

  83. bossmanjuniuor333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves (season budget)

    Would you hold Haniger or drop for Aguilar, Chapman, Conforto, Bird, Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  84. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. $150 out of $250 FAAB remaining. need pitching help. how much to bid on Arrieta and Gausman?

    thanks!

  85. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: My team just hasn’t had a bunch of power/RBIs over the past few months but I’ve still been winning – so I don’t know if I just stick with the status quo or try to shore up a weakness for the playoffs.

    My current roster is:
    C- Posey
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Merrifield
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, Desmond, Rosario
    UTIL- Shaw
    B- Aaron Hicks

    SP- Gausman, Taillon, Severino, Bauer, Corbin, Archer
    RP- Dominguez, Barraclough, Givens, Minter, Treinen, Boxberger

    Top power bats are: Alonso, Franco, Cron, both Matts on the A’s, Conforto…

    I’ve never had a team that struggled to win HRs / RBIs each week so this is new territory for me. I do take Rs, SBs, OBP pretty regularly which has hidden this weakness a bit. I’m hoping Shaw gets that 2B eligibility (while also playing regularly) and Aaron Hicks does well out of the cleanup spot to help with those needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your UTIL is the only spot you can really play with, be nice if Desmond gets going tho…

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Shaw taking a seat for the 3rd time in 6 games. Kershaw going tomorrow night so if he sits again, I think I gotta drop him and pick up someone who plays everyday

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, makes sense

  86. zach jany says:
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    Tucker was sent down I need to pick up an outfielder: not much to choose from in our league but out of these which is the best option:

    Puig
    Conforto
    Kepler
    Nimmo
    Bauer’s
    Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

    • zach jany says:
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      @zach jany:

      Also Avisail garcia

  87. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Sonny Grey against the O’s….. barf city

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s the worst

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: I looooathe him. Was on the fence about streaming him, but he’s facing a terrible pitcher and an even worse lineup. Couldn’t resist.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta write him off for this year, something’s not right

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: Absolutely. He definitely was far from good out there, but there was terrible luck, too.

            Gleyber Torres made two mental mistakes that were ruled hits and directly led to runs. I would also call it bad luck that a bunch awful hitters became Tony Gwynn and were spraying line drives all over the field.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, a better pitcher would figure it out without giving up 7 runs tho, he just seems off

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: Definitely, and that would bring his line into the acceptable range for bad streams.

                Considering I had Skaggs on the same team, this really hurts. At least I had the Morton start and some solid relief appearances sandwiched in between, but still….

                • johnnyhobbes says:
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                  @Fred Garvin MP: obviously time to drop and never stream again…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, yeah, that’s a compounding

  88. Papa Smurf says:
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    Only 150 mg???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, what? Low?

  89. henncoop says:
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    I just crawled to the top of the RCL today for the first time all season. I went from having an abundance of closrs to now having just Givens; Bradley, Hader, & Trivino for the occasional random save; & then Vizcaino on the DL.

    1)My DL slots are full with Altuve, Ryu & the above mentioned Vizcaino. I now need room due to Sale’s mysterious injury. I feel holding Vizcaino may be futile. Do I drop Vizcaino at this point? or Ryu?
    2) Wanting your take on some SPs for today. I have Stromen @ Oak (SON seems to disapprove) & just picked up Sanchez vs Mia; & planing to snag Weaver vs Col (SON seems to like or love). Which of those would you start?? I am leaning all 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’m nowhere near top, I’m barely top half… 1. Drop Viz 2. Weaver’s the only one I’d start and I’d even feel iffy there

  90. matt says:
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    Wil Myers or Ian Desmond for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  91. ferris says:
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    Carlos Santana (josh bell would be his replacement)
    For
    Corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin side

  92. Crime Dog says:
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    Hinch said Springer was doing shirtless jumping jacks in his office today to demonstrate his shoulder felt fine. Phew! thought this might’ve been something serious. Praise da lord.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: We work hard, we play hard!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          E’eryday, playa!

  93. NYC says:
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    WTF is up with Rosario for the last month?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Natural ebb and flow of season

      • NYC says:
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        Okay. Not too worry. Some other pert was complaining the peripherals, but in Grey I trust.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  94. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Need a bench bat. Who between Franco; Cron; Chapman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  95. Tinman95 says:
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    ROS Longoria or Nick Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  96. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League

    Which closer moving forward?

    B. Norris or Cody Allen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

  97. Sven

    nb says:
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    12-team h2h points, got offered Starling Marte for Javier Baez.

    I have a deep IF but currently have only 3 OFs over 90%own (pham, hoskins, whit), but will move whit to 2b if I accept.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d want Baez

  98. johnnyhobbes says:
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    So in this day I’ve come to realize that SON and the weekly pitcher planner is my adult woobie….. cause aint right in the head without that at my disposal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  99. William Hung says:
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    We may want to rethink that whole “Givens is the closer for Baltimore” – Buck brought him in the bottom of the 8th up 7-1 and now it’s 7-2 with the bases loaded and Givens is out of the game…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  100. Seth Swirsky says:
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    SON working for todays games, but messed up for tomw and beyond.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy’s aware of it, trying to figure out why, prolly has to do with trades yesterday

  101. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    In case you missed it, this was Closer Monkey today. Thought you’d get a kick out of it…

    “VULTURE POSITION PLAYER PITCHING WATCH
    Today
    1. Jose Bautista – Jose Reyes held the Nationals to six runs on just five hits in Tuesday’s ninth inning, but he needed 48 pitches in the process. Should the Mets fall behind by 18 for a second straight night, Reyes will be unavailable.”

  102. Jays for days says:
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    Grey do I accept this:

    I got offered turner, Bauer, Cruz, Skaggs for my Ramirez, Darvish, Carrera.

    It’s a huge offer and I hate giving up Ramirez.

    12 man league H2H

    I’ve been trying to trade Stanton so I can keep Ramirez acuna and arenado, my only pitcher keeper is sherzer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner?

      • Jays for days says:
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        @Grey: trea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea side

      • Jays for day says:
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        @Grey: by far?

        I always listen to your advice, I just love Ramirez a ton. Would you still try and trade Stanton and keep trea, acuna, and arenado?

        I forgot to mention I’d also be giving up a 9th round pick for his 11th which doesn’t mean a whole lot

        • Grey

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          Trea and Bauer is way over Jo-Ram — no idea what a Carrera is, Ezequiel?

      • Jays for days says:
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        @Grey: by a long shot? I always take your advice, I just hate giving up Ramirez. If I take it do I still try and trade Stanton? And make acuna arenado and trea my keepers?

        I’m always giving up a 9th round pick, no big loss though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trea and Bauer is way over Jo-Ram — no idea what a Carrera is, Ezequiel?

          • Jays for days says:
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            @Grey: sorry Cabrera

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There’s many Cabreras in baseball

              • Jays for days says:
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                @Grey: absdrubal from philly

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, doesn’t change anything

                  • Jays for days says:
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                    @Grey: alright I shall accept

  103. uncle ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. I have Grandal rostered but Big Blue seems to be sitting him a lot. Ramos has just happened to appear on waivers. I know he’s a few weeks away from playing but considering adding him to my DL slot. Do you think he’s worth a stash and possibly an upgrade over Grandal down the stretch? Thanks bud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, stash him

  104. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Carrasco for brad hand, Ian Desmond, Conforto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: that was Carrasco for all three of those dudes, just in case I wasn’t clear.

  105. Aardvark says:
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    Drop stroman for Gausman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  106. Taking14daTeam says:
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    Peralta or Romo for saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romo

  107. Brett says:
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    In a holds league kela or Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  108. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey! Fabulous write-up

    One big trade and one little one would like your advice on. It’s a keeper league:

    My albies or his Benintendi?

    Also, Robbie Ray drives me crazy so would you trade him for doolittle? He would replace Boxberger on my team and think when back he will close on a Nats team that’s gotta make a run. I’m close to straight dropping Ray

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Albies or Benny is a coin flip, depends on needs — I’d take Doolittle over dropping Ray

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. I have Javy Baez and Dozier at 2B aa well so sounds like Benny could fill a bigger gap

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  109. Big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty league H2H 5×5 OBP

    My Bauer/jo adell/gattis for his

    Gary Sanchez/starling marte

    I know he really wants adell, in Ralph’s top 5 prospects…could be no.1 as soon as vlad is in bigs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte side, but Ralph loves Adell, so that might change things if you’re looking for future years… Adell does look like one of th huge Acuna-like call ups next year

  110. Turd Wendell says:
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    Might be more of a question for Ralph, but rumors Yanks considering calling up Sheffield. If he does get the call , think he should be added in 12 tm redraft? Or you see him a streamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d add him, but I don’t have high hopes

  111. Alex says:
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    With Shaw only playing vs. Righties now I have the chance to pick up beltre. Drop Cron piscotty or hosmer? OBP league leaning to piscotty. H2h league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Piscotty

  112. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    For Saves, Leclerc or Hands? — it seems that Cleveland is sort of a 2-man committee with Allan/Hands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leclerc if actually the closer, but hand will likely be better/safer

  113. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    trade deadline’s over. 14 teamer with holds and saves. i have swarzak, and giles/soylent greene out there, which is best?

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @Yr Never Too Old For Balloons: swarzak is my lesser closer, i also have kimbrel/bradley/hand/alexander.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene

  114. I’m Jose Canseco! says:
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    Grey, Love the title!
    I’m in first for a 12 team mixed holds league. I picked up Gausman off waivers and within 10 minuets flipped him for B Norris and J Hicks. In need of saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nice!

  115. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Which should I stream:

    Vince Valasquez vs. Mia

    or

    Gausman vs Mets

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  116. Ron Swanson says:
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    Grey,

    Should I deal Cano and Doolittle for Paxton? Im in 9th and am running out of time to wait for both of them to come back from suspension and injury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  117. fudgemybudge says:
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    Odor or Schoop ROS pts leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  118. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Who would you want
    Zobrist;Souza or Villar
    Could use avg and SB”s.
    But not a must

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Villar

  119. Larry says:
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    Who would you prefer at 3rd
    J. Turner or M. Chapman
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

      • Laryy says:
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        Sorry for follow up currently have Beltre as bench bat prefer him over J Turner?

        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, coin flip, I’d prolly lean Turner

          • Brett says:
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            @Grey: for holds Ottavino or Betances?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Betances

  120. Brett says:
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    Which closer would you get rid of? Will Smith, boxberger, Cody Allen, Yates, Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Smith

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: I also have seranthony who I can play at sp we have categories for saves and another for holds. Who would you move?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Smith

          • Brett says:
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            @Grey: sorry replied to wrong comment holds Betances or Ottavino?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Betances

              • Brett says:
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                @Grey: just checking for holds Betances or hand? Thanks

  121. Gotime says:
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    So Archer starts Friday, if all goes well and rotation follows his next start is in Coors… what a way to welcome a guy thanks C**t Hurdle!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha!

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: So Escobar to Ari, I have Semien at SS , would you trade away Newcomb for Escobar in a H2H cats league?

  122. jj says:
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    Sup Grey!

    Who would you pick rest of season, jake bauers or piscotty?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty for ROS, Bauers for now

  123. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you still up yo?? trade deadline is tonight. was offered degrom/tim anderson for harper. could use the pitching help, but not sure how much difference one guy can make ros. thoughts?

    thank you!

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @herschel: if you need an arm obv make that move. Theres a ton of usable bats on the wire that you can grab to replace harper and no decent available free agent pitchers… at least in my leagues

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Wally Pipp: he didn’t say league size or hitters available so we don’t KNOW “there’s a ton of usable bats”. clearly if he’s doing well in OBP/HR’s/RBIs/runs and really weak in pitching ratios/K’s degrom is a great get and he’ll gain steals in this as well.

  124. Mordacious Levator says:
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    AL only. OBP over AVG, total bases added. QS over wins. holds added.
    C hicks
    1B yonder
    2B whit (2B/OF)
    SS fletcher (3B)
    3B mostsuckass
    MI lowrie (2B/3B)
    CI mancini (1B/OF)
    OF (4) brantley, grichuk, kemp, martini
    util (1) r.herera (SS/OF)
    BN nunez (2B/SS/3B/OF)
    DL correa, devers
    NA (1) tucker
    SP: romo (in SP slot), morton, skaggs, borucki, heaney, archer, gibson, happ
    RP (4) fry, j.anderson, brach, herrera (WHEW good thing we can’t lose players midseason huh, i’d have 4 if we could, does affect keepers though)
    DL font, pineda

    1. drop kemp or martini for lomo or b.phillips or swihart (playing most of the time now, could give me both C and 1B depth (hicks could move over))? swihart has started 2/3 of last games, batted 2nd yesterday, and had 2 at bats in the other game he didn’t start too.

    2. this about right order for FAAB’ing newly added FA’s: villar, meadows, maybin (i’m not getting into the pham war). issue here is IF i get meadows i could only stash ONE of tucker/meadows with our 1 slot.

  125. Wally Pipp says:
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    i said this last week but why is mallex smith so slept on but dee gordon is 100% owned?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wally Pipp: no idea, i have mallex in like 3 leagues, i’ve never once in my life paid up for dee gordon’s crazy high price. i’m pissed i ended up with the lesser steals leonys in some deeper leagues or i’d have mallex in probably 6 spots too.

  126. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Carrasco for Eddie Rosario? in need of a clock down starter in bad way

  127. Smoooth jimmy says:
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    dyNASTY… Rendon or Torres

    or is torres just a younger rendon?

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